Get ready for approximately three hours trek to the remarkable Manggarai village of Waerebo, the last authentic traditional Manggarai village located about 1,100 meters above sea level.
A challenging seven kilometers trek uphill for adventurous and physically fit, the path can get quite slippery after the rain. Be sure to stay hydrated and keep your sunscreen as well as rain poncho handy.
During the trek you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of the sea below and perfectly triangular Mount Inerie, as well as diverse jungle foliage and frequent sightings of tropical butterflies, birds, and monkeys.
The structures of the Mbaru Niang, seven cone-shaped traditional houses built from bamboo, wood, and grass are recognized by UNESCO as a form of living testament to Flores’ history.
Immerse yourself in the daily lives of villagers in the village that was built some 100 years ago and discover the specific purpose of the five levels housing.
Keep in mind not to take any photos as you approach the village as a gesture of politeness, all visitors need to undergo a welcoming ceremony at the main drum house to placate the spirits before they can start snapping away.
Visit this unique yet remote village to see why it was recognized for its rebuilding of the Mbaru Niang traditional house based on the spirit of community cooperation towards sustainable traditions.